On Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” comedian Pete Davidson hinted he would be seeking help over the holidays, most likely for his mental health. When host Colin Jost asked him what his holiday plans were, Davidson replied he would be going on a “little vacation.”
“You know, the kind of vacation where insurance pays for some of it, and they take your phone and shoelaces. And you have roommates, but it still costs like a hundred grand,” Davidson said, to which Jost replied:
“I hope you know, Pete, that a lot of people really care about you.”
Though it’s unclear what kind of treatment Davidson might be seeking (or if his words were merely part of the bit), a lot of psychiatric facilities and rehabilitation centers confiscate things like phones, hoodie strings, shoelaces, shaving razors and other sharp objects.
This isn’t the first time Davidson shared his mental health struggles publicly. Over the past two years, Davidson has been open about living with borderline personality disorder (BPD), a mental illness characterized by mood instability and difficult interpersonal relationships, and struggling with suicidal thoughts.
After the segment aired, fans took to Twitter to voice their support for Davidson:
If Pete Davidson is actually going to rehab, I salute the dude for talking about it in public. Maybe somebody else will feel a little less ashamed.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) December 22, 2019
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— Songta Klaus (@diamondsong42) December 22, 2019
I love Pete Davidson sm and if he’s really going to rehab I hope he gets the help he needs????♥️ pic.twitter.com/8TjWHS2iKQ
— whitley gilbert-wayne???? (@adleexoxo) December 22, 2019
Pete Davidson's vulnerability and honesty are honorable. He has been vocal about addiction and mental illness despite the cruelty and backlash he has faced for it and has helped to open a dialogue.
— giraffe.love.420 (@HopeDaily5) December 22, 2019
Why does 93% of the human population feel the need to claim Pete Davidson is lying about his mental illness? He’s constantly using his platform to bring awareness to mental health and normalize it. If you have a problem with someone helping people in need, then that’s on you
— Julia Kloss ✨ (@RealJuliaKloss) December 22, 2019
If you are seeking treatment for your mental health over the holidays, you’re not alone. Mighty contributor Trevor Smith wrote about his experience being hospitalized over the holidays in his piece, “What I Learned From Spending Christmas on a Psychiatric Unit“:
For the last six weeks of 2016 — including Christmas day — I was an inpatient in a secure psychiatric unit… Christmas is quite a triggering period of time for me, so my second admission kept me in a safe environment when I could have possibly dipped.
The holidays can be difficult if you’re struggling with your mental health — and we encourage you to seek out the help you need if this is a triggering time of year for you. Thank you Pete Davidson for candidly sharing your mental health struggles and de-stigmatizing mental illness in the process.